ELIZABETH, NJ – Teaching seniors the importance of healthy relationships as they prepare to leave confines of high school is the focus of a new program offered by Elizabeth Public Schools, through its partnership with the New York Jets Foundation, as outlined by the One Love Foundation.

The pilot program, which takes place from February through June, includes the presentation of a video to seniors along with small group discussions led by district mental health professionals that focus on developing healthy relationships and recognizing signs of unhealthy relationships.

Elizabeth Public Schools Superintendent Olga Hugelmeyer believes this will be an important  lesson for the district’s twelfth grade students who will experience significant life changes in their near future.    

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“Preparing our students to be successful in college and career opportunities also means developing their social and emotional skills.” said Hugelmeyer. “We chose to start this program with our seniors, because we felt they are soon going to be leaving the structured environment of high school and could apply key skills learned through this experience to navigate the more unpredictable and self-structured world of postsecondary education and the workforce.”

Elizabeth Board of Education President Stanley Neron thanks the Jets Foundation for helping to bring such an important message to Elizabeth Public Schools students.

“Taneka Bowles and the Jets Foundation have been outstanding in providing Elizabeth Public Schools students with wonderful learning opportunities, including the Play 60 initiative this past fall and now the One Love Foundation,’ said Neron. “Our students will undoubtedly benefit from the vital lessons of the One Love Foundation pertaining to developing healthy relationships and recognizing and avoiding the consequences of violent relationships.”

Founded in 2010 to honor the memory of Yeardley Love, a University of Virginia senior who lost her life at the hands of a brutal assault by her former boyfriend, the mission of the One Love Foundation is to raise awareness about the consequences of relationship violence.